Goalkeeper Esteban Andrada was finally beaten as Newell’s Old Boys earned a point at La Bombonera but Boca remain top of the Superliga, San Lorenzo leaped back up into second with victory and Independiente fought off Talleres in a thriller during an exciting round of action.
With twelve matches to choose from here are the eleven that impressed from round eight, along with our Player of the round and pick of the goals. Feel free to disagree and leave a comment suggesting who you thought should have made it.
Yes, there was some poor finishing but the main reason Vélez didn’t pick up another three points on Saturday was the performance of Ezequiel Unsain. Seven saves, a couple from point-blank range to deny Maxi Romero, undoubtedly earned Defensa y Justicia the win.
Gonzalo Bettini || Huracán
Huracán will wonder how they didn’t beat Atlético Tucumán but the defence can’t be faulted. Gonzalo Bettini made six tackles (100%), two interceptions and three clearances to help keep a clean sheet that should have been the foundation for victory.
Nicolás Figal || Independiente
Question marks over how Independiente switched off and allowed Talleres to claw their way back level late on but huge credit to Nicolás Figal to earn El Rojo the win. The 25-year-old was recently rewarded with a place in the Argentina squad and a goal-line clearance and stoppage time winner handed Independiente a vital win.
Carlos Izquierdoz || Boca Juniors
A towering header ultimately was worth a point for unbeaten Boca and credit to Newell’s Old Boys for not only finding a way past Esteban Andrada but ensuring Carlos Izqueirdoz was kept busy defensively. Three tackles (100%) and three clearances, the 30-year-old warmed up nicely for Tuesday’s Superclásico.
Bruno Pittón || San Lorenzo
Four goals already this season is an incredible return for a full-back who showed no signs of being so prolific earlier in his career. Bruno Pittón’s sweet volley was struck like an accomplished centre-forward and the 24-year-old produced another excellent performance in the win over Banfield.
Jorge Carrascal || River Plate
The ‘Colombian Neymar’ may not have lived up to that name but Jorge Carrascal has started to prove his worth in River’s squad and took his goal superbly against Gimnasia on Saturday. Three key passes and five dribbles, Carrascal has the tools to be a real threat if they can be applied consistently.
Juan Galeano || Central Córdoba
A vital well-taken goal in the 86th minute handed Central Córdoba victory over Godoy Cruz but there was more to Juan Galeano’s performance than just that. No player had more touches or completed as many passes on the pitch, three key passes almost created goals earlier and the combination of Galeano’s four dribbles and four possession turnovers show the midfielder’s impact both offensively and defensively.
Player of the week Pablo Pérez || Independiente
When the Estadio Libertadores de América rose to applaud Pablo Pérez off the pitch, Independiente were cruising to victory over Talleres. It ultimately wasn’t quite so simple yet with Pérez in midfield, El Rojo were far superior. The polemic midfielder has his faults but his pressing and workrate set the tone and his assist for the opening goal led the way to victory.
Cecilio Domínguez || Independiente
Back in the starting eleven after losing his place, Cecilio Domínguez reminded Sebastián Beccacece why he should remain in the team. The Paraguayan’s goal was simple enough but with four key passes, Domínguez was at the heart of Independiente’s attacking threat.
Ignacio Scocco || River Plate
Back from injury and looking like his old self at just the right time for River Plate. Nacho Scocco laid on the opener and then sealed victory over Gimnasia with an emphatic finish but with four key passes there was even more to the 34-year-old’s game.
Juan Kaprof || Arsenal
While Juan Kaprof’s career may not have reached the heights some thought it might when playing in River Plate’s academy, the 24-year-old has made a terrific start to the season at Arsenal. Another goal in the win over Estudiantes made it two goals and two assists in six appearances (three starts).